Last updated: September 18, 2020 at 9:53 a.m.

Free, high-quality recreation, active living, arts and culture activities for all ages to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Sort by Audience for different target age groups – many activities are for Everyone. Check back for updates and additions to this list.

Activity Type Description Length Audience
Arts & Culture: Art Ignite workshops Mentorship from a professional artist for those wanting to create, experiment or exchange ideas. User Choice Everyone
Arts & Culture: Mentor-in-Residence  The free initiative supports all artists through virtual consultation sessions with experienced art professionals. User Choice Everyone
Arts & Culture: Stratford Festival on Film Watch a free collection of plays performed at the Stratford Festival by using the CBC Gem application. 60 to 180 minutes (depending on the play) Everyone
Arts & Culture: Art City Toronto Weekly virtual art lessons and crafts, including cardboard dinosaurs, butterfly bracelets, drawing challenges and more. User Choice Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: Youth, Adult and Older Adult Fitness Take care of your body by staying active – without going to the gym. User Choice Youth/Adults/Older Adults
Fitness & Staying Active: Active Games Burn off some extra energy with these fun activities. Updated June 26, 2020. User Choice Everyone
Fitness & Staying Active: Family Physical Activity Have fun and stay fit together. User Choice Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: Walking Challenge Keep active and try to walk 10,000 steps a day! User Choice Everyone
Fitness & Staying Active: YMCA Facebook Live  Engaging live videos including daily fitness programs, parent/child circle and storytime, musical baby programs, child/youth games and activities. User Choice Everyone
Fitness & Staying Active: Unstoppable Kids Challenges Jays Care’s daily challenges and physical activities for children and youth to gain new skills, stay fit, and have fun. User Choice Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: YMCA YThrive Home Workouts Online workouts designed for almost any fitness level and that can be done from your living room for free. 15 to 20 minutes Adults/Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Bird-Watching Cam Live cameras of birds like owls, osprey, hawks, albatross and more. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Centre Francophone de Toronto | Facebook Vidéos amusantes et intéressantes, ressources et accès virtuels à des soutiens pour les jeunes enfants et leurs familles en français. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Conseil scolaire Viamonde Facebook Cercles de chanson et d’histoire pour les jeunes enfants et leurs familles en français. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Craft Ideas A collection of craft ideas for children, including stained glass, paper roll butterflies, melted crayon art and more. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: EarlyON Child and Family Centre Programs and Services Online and telephone services to support and engage young children and their families. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig (ENAGB) Facebook  (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous cultural, music and social programming for young children and their families. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: YMCA Facebook Live  Live videos including daily storytime, musical baby programs, games, activities and fitness programs. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Gardiner Museum Family Days Videos and templates to help you make salt clay, seed-bombs and colour. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: National Film Board: Online Films  The National Film Board of Canada has over 4,000 Canadian films available for free online, in English and in French. 2 to 120 minutes (depending on the film) Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Facebook (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous programs including cooking, children’s activities, music and prayer for people of all ages. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Native Child and Family Services Facebook | Instagram (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous programs including music, prayer, storytime, and fitness for all ages. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network Facebook | Instagram (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous food and land-based programming involving planting, traditional medicines, storytelling and more for young children and their families. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Ontario Science Centre: Science at Home Science-related films and activities for kids, including creating slime, bottle gardens, biodiversity bingo and do-it-yourself science experiments. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Scavenger Hunts Various types of scavenger hunts to choose from. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Sidewalk Art & Activities Get creative or learn something new while spending time with your family. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: ConnectABILITY Resources  A collection of resources to support people with developmental disabilities and their families. User Choice People with disabilities
Leisure & Learning: Grow Your Own Greenhouse A fun home-experiment to build a mini greenhouse, including free lettuce seeds. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Play & Learn HQ  Helpful resources, videos, games and activities for young children from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Recreational Respite Virtual Services  Interactive, innovative virtual sessions for children, youth, and adults with disabilities. User Choice People with disabilities
Leisure & Learning: TVOkids A collection of free educational games and programming for preschool and school children ages 2 to 11. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: CBC Kids  Educational stories, videos and electronic games to engage young children. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: GoNoodle  Videos and games to keep children physically active while in isolation at home. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Learn at Home: Ministry of Education  Online resources for students and parents to support learning at home for kids in kindergarten to Grade 12. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Spike & Toddy Videos COVID-19 related information for kids age 3 to 7, including how to physically distance and how to be a good helper. 4 minutes Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Surrey Place Resources for Parents Tools for parents continuing their child’s education, encouraging play, and supporting the understanding of COVID-19. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: TDSB Online Learning Resources  Support for children and parents while schools are closed. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Young People’s Theatre: Inside With Imagination A collection of videos with fun drama games for the whole family to play indoors. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Toronto Public Library Sign up for a new Instant Digital Card to access a massive collection of ebooks, audiobooks and more. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Bata Shoe Museum From Home  A virtual collection of current exhibitions and collections, including Ask a Curator. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Virtual Museum of Canada Browse art, history, war and other exhibits. User Choice Everyone
Museums &Heritage: AGO: The Collection (Online) A digital collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s art and exhibits. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Online Collections from Museums Worldwide A digital collection of content from museums and national parks around the world User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Black Creek Pioneer Village virtual tour Take a virtual tour of historic sites, learn through online history lessons and check out hands-on activities. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Textile Museum of Canada  Online resources and webinars on mask-making. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Aga Khan Museum -MuseumWithoutWalls A collection of virtual content from the Aga Khan Museum. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Gardiner Museum Online digital collections of Gardiner Museum’s ceramic art, pottery, porcelain and earthenware. User Choice Everyone
Music: City Hall Live Concerts Facebook Live concerts by local musicians, Monday to Friday, from noon to 1 pm. 30 minutes Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: York West Active Living Centre: Seniors Virtual Programming Exercise, strength training, dancing, and arts programs for seniors. 30 to 60 minutes Older Adults
Fitness & Staying Active: Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto Active Living Program Programs for seniors with dementia and their caregivers including ballroom dancing, music therapy, Zumba and more. 60 Minutes Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Bernard Betel Centre Virtual Programming for Seniors Virtual activities for seniors including art, creative writing, fitness, cooking, language courses and more. 30 to 60 Minutes Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Sunshine Centres for Seniors: Virtual and Call-In Programming A wide range of daily programs for seniors, including exercise and chat groups. 60 Minutes Older Adults
Leisure & Learning:  Sunshine Centres: Rainbow Circle (for LGBTQ2S seniors) A Zoom group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) seniors to grab virtual coffee, breakfast and chat. Email irene@sunshinecentres.com to join. 90 Minutes Older Adults (LGBTQ2S)
Fitness & Staying Active: Woodgreen Seniors Active Living Virtual Programming Activities for seniors including meditation, exercise, virtual potlucks and more. 30 to 60 Minutes Older Adults
Music: CBC Canadian Live Stream Performances An online resource of Canadian musicians’ live streams across the country. User Choice Everyone
Arts & Culture: Toronto Association for Performing Arts: What’s On Tonight  Podcasts of stage shows by award-winning playwrights. 20 to 60 minutes Everyone
Arts & Culture: TOLive: Living Rooms  Theatre performances by Toronto artists. 5 minutes Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Creating Toronto: The History of the City  A virtual tour of Toronto’s historic downtown. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Cyark: A 3D Tour of Fort York National Historic Site An immersive and interactive 3D tour of Fort York National Historic Site. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: City Place Schooner  3D animation of a 19th-century schooner. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Envision TO: Mackenzie House: A Possible Future  Explore the neighbourhood around Mackenzie House in the present and in the future. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Toronto Public Library for Teens Ebook and audiobook suggestions, online programs and homework help. User Choice Youth
Music: Dancing with Parkinson’s Virtual dance and movement classes offered 7 days a week at 11 a.m. for seniors. 30 minutes Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: North York Seniors Centre Virtual Programming | Facebook Book reading, trivia and memory games, sing-alongs, cooking, chair exercises for seniors. User Choice Older Adults
Music: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Live performances, interviews, and virtual concert. User Choice Everyone
Arts & Culture: Myseum of Toronto  Online programs and experiences that showcase Toronto’s history, spaces, and cultures. User Choice Everyone
Fitness & Staying Active: The Bright Spot (YMCA of Greater Toronto) Live exercise classes, small group discussions, game night and more. User Choice Older Adults
Arts & Culture: StreetArtToronto: Virtual Exploration of Murals  Artist videos, including an award-winning short documentary. User Choice Everyone
Arts & Culture: StreetArtToronto: The Map  An interactive map that allows you to learn about and view murals across Toronto. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Recycled Crafts Fun crafts from recycled materials you can find at home. User Choice Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: Indoor Games Games to enjoy indoors. Updated June 4, 2020. User Choice Kids & Parents
Music: Canadian Opera Company: Virtual Choir Join the community Virtual Choir for a performance of Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: TVO Explore in-depth journalistic videos, articles and podcasts. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: TVO ILC Free digital learning resources for students in JK to grade 12. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: TVO Docs Explore documentaries through a diverse range of storytelling perspectives. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: TVO mPower Over 65 games to help build K-6 math skills while spotlighting Ontario towns and professions. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: TVOkids: YouTube Channel Popular shows on several subject-specific channels. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Community Kitchen for Seniors Videos for seniors to develop cooking skills and learn nutritional recipes. User Choice Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Toronto Mycelial Network A city-wide art project to encourage individuals to remain connected as individuals, as communities, and as a city while being physically distant. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Museum of Contemporary Art: Shift Key  View a collection of moving-image artworks by Canadian and International arts. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Gardening: Healthy Soil Test Learn the key elements of an experiment by checking your soil for good growing conditions. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Science Crafts Create flying saucers, rocket ships, tornados and clouds! User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Style Your Outfit of the Day (#OOTD) Five easy steps for you to create your #OOTD! User Choice Youth
Leisure & Learning: Youth Councils and Volunteering Opportunities Looking for volunteer hours? Connect with your local Youth Outreach Worker. User Choice Youth
Leisure & Learning: Gardening: Grow Seeds in a Bag Learn to start seeds for your garden in a bag. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Youth Crafts and DIY Updated for June 19, 2020: Easy steps for creating a lip scrub, cactus painting, photo wall and more. User Choice Youth
Leisure & Learning: Jungle Crafts Fun jungle-themed craft ideas. User Choice Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: Jungle-themed Games Have fun playing jungle-themed games. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Puppet Mongers: Tutorials for Children Videos for children to learn how to make puppets and toy theatres. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Toronto’s Healthy Urban Forest educational video Join the City of Toronto’s Monica in Riverdale Park East to learn about what City staff do to keep the urban forest healthy. Hosted by Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants. 30 minutes Everyone
Leisure & Learning: At Home Time Capsule Capture these important times by gathering items from family and friends to add to a time capsule. User Choice Youth
Leisure & Learning: DIY Tree Branch Jewellery Holder Create your own jewellery holder. User Choice Youth
Leisure & Learning: High Park Nature Centre Online Events Connect with other nature enthusiasts in the virtual cafe. 60 minutes Everyone
Leisure & Learning: June is Parks and Recreation Month BINGO We challenge you to see how many June is Parks and Recreation Month activities you can accomplish on the BINGO Board. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Home with Nature E-Learning videos, activities, and resources to help families deepen their understanding and appreciation of nature, ecology and cultural heritage User Choice Everyone
Fitness & Staying Active: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment: Weekly Multi-Sport Videos Weekly multi-sport videos, live physical activity sessions and social events to help get you moving! User Choice Kids & Parents
Fitness & Staying Active: Canadian Tire Jumpstart: Play from Home Videos and resources for indoor, outdoor and quiet activities User Choice Everyone
Arts & Culture: For the Record Exhibit Experience Canadian Hip Hop history told by those who made it happen in 360 Virtual Reality. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Toronto Archives: Web Exhibits Dozens of web exhibits covering a wide range of topics from Toronto’s past User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Toronto Archives: Photostream of Toronto’s History  A collection of hundreds of light-hearted photographs from Toronto’s past User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Toronto Archives: Find the History of Your House  Interested to see when your house was built or who lived there first? Here are some online sources that can get you started. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Toronto Railway Museum At Your Home  Solve a locomotive jigsaw puzzle, listen to an audio guide, and find fun railway activities. User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Toronto Railway Museum: Railway Museum Online Scavenger Hunt  An online scavenger hunt with 14 railway museums across Canada submitting a clue! User Choice Everyone
Museums & Heritage: Toronto Railway Museum: Uncovering Union Station  Developed in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, this exhibit uncovers 9 stories of Toronto’s iconic Union Station. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: EarlyOn Resources for Parents and Caregivers  A printable resource that describes activities parents/caregivers can engage in with their young children, as well as contact information to useful services and supports. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Ressources des Centres ON y va destinées aux parents et aux responsables Un document de ressource imprimable qui décrit les activités que les parents/responsables peuvent entreprendre avec leurs jeunes enfants, ainsi que les coordonnées de services et de soutiens utiles. User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Kids Up Front Kids Up Front collects activities, online events and other resources from across the web. User Choice Kids & Parents
Museums & Heritage: Toronto Public Library Virtual Exhibits  Discover dozens of virtual exhibits about Toronto’s history and a range of other topics. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Toronto Public Library Pieces of History – Digital Jigsaw Puzzles  70 free digital jigsaw puzzles featuring images from Toronto Public Library’s digital archive. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Malvern Family Resource Centre: Virtual and Phone Programs for Seniors Free programs such as yoga, Men’s Club, brain games and Tamil Seniors Social. Telephone activities are also available. User Choice Older Adults
Museums & Heritage: Toronto History Museums Artifact Collection Explore the City of Toronto’s virtual artifact, archaeological, and fine art collections. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Recipe Club Updated July 9, 2020: A collection of recipes for the whole family. User Choice Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Sewing by Hand Learn how to thread a needle and complete a Running Stitch User Choice Youth
Leisure & Learning: Better Living Seniors Active Living Centre Virtual Programs A mix of seniors’ activities, with some in Mandarin. User Choice Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Adapted and Inclusive Virtual Camp The Adapted and Inclusive Virtual Camp offers a weekly list of activities that you can do from the comfort of your home! User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: High Park Nature Centre -Bat Chats Learn about bats and borrow a bat detector to search for bats in your neighbourhood 60 minutes Everyone
Leisure & Learning: Online Nature Clubs for Kids Learn all about your local ecology online and away from the screen! User Choice Kids & Parents
Leisure & Learning: Access Alliance Seniors Virtual Programming Programs include Sing-along for all skill levels, Tai Chi, cardio interval training and Coffee and Chat. User Choice Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: North York Seniors Centre – Seniors Centre Without Walls The North York Seniors Centre Without Walls offers free phone call programs for seniors every day. User Choice Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Seniors Centres Without Walls Seniors’ Centre Without Walls are free, interactive telephone-based programs (no internet required) for seniors. User Choice Older Adults
Fitness & Staying Active: TIME Exercise and Wellness videos Provided by the University Health Network, the TIME (Together in Movement and Exercise) Program provides exercise and wellness videos for people with mobility challenges User Choice Older Adults
Leisure & Learning: Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment: S.T.E.A.M. Program 12 workshops and interactive activities to help young women gain the experience and skills needed for a career in S.T.E.A.M. Download the poster or sign-up now.
  • Every Saturday from September 19, 2020, to December 5, 2020
  • noon to 2 p.m.
Youth (19-24)
Leisure & Learning: Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants: Nature in the City – Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat Do you love nature? Join Mark Sherman from the City of Toronto’s Urban Forestry Team in the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat to learn the story of the open meadow ecosystem, take a closer look at a diversity of native wildflowers and the pollinators who visit them. Friday, September 18, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Everyone
Leisure & Learning: North York Arts: Second Act Youth Online: ESL Creative Program  A free online arts-focused English as a Second Language (ESL) program for newcomer youth to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities.
  • October 7 to November 18, 2020
  • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Youth (13-17)
Leisure & Learning: North York Arts: Second Act- Seniors Online: ESL Creative Program A free online arts-focused English as a Second Language (ESL) program for newcomer adults and seniors (age 55+) to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities.
  • October 7 to November 18, 2020
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Older Adults